26
Apr

We’ve all seen many changes since April 2007 …

Muddy recently asked how long I’d been writing for The Yorkshire Post. My first column appeared exactly 10 years ago.  At the time I was signed to Sony and as part of a six-week album campaign, they asked the good people at the YP if I could write a few pieces and you’ve been stuck with me ever since, all 173,200 words of me to be precise!

We’ve all seen many changes since April 2007, and from a purely arts related point of view I’m gutted at the thought of schools cutting arts and in particular music from their curriculum due to lack of funding.  It’s going to have a devastating effect on the musical landscape, something must be done before it’s too late.

On Friday I had the pleasure of co-presenting Radio 2’s Young Brass Award with Frank Renton at the Royal Northern College of Music, or Royal College of Northern Music as I’ve heard it affectionately called.

The competition is open to brass players between 16 and 21. From those initial entries eight are selected for the semi finals, four of whom go on to perform at the final.

The standard of playing was jaw-droppingly good, and what a fantastic opportunity for any musician to be accompanied by the world famous Foden’s Band, under the baton of Michael Fowles.  Foden’s have been entertaining audiences for over a hundred years and a nicer bunch you’d struggle to find.

First up was Ellena Newton on trombone who will be taking up a place at RNCM in September. I’d have been quaking in my boots but she took to the stage with aplomb and delivered her 2 pieces brilliantly, as did all the finalists. Next on the block James Nash delighted us with a stunning Philip Nash work Moon Song Sun Dance on flugel horn.  Third to the stand was traditional brass band instrumentalist Siobhan Bates doing marvellous things with tenor horn and finally Isobel Daws took on a fantastic and difficult composition written by Gordon Langford for the great Don Lusher – Rhapsody for Trombone.  This unassuming young woman treated us to her phenomenal rendition with effortless skill, technique and beauty.  After much deliberation from the judges Isobel scooped the coveted Radio 2 Young Brass Award.  I felt as I drove home that the future of music was safe in the hands of these talented youngsters but for how long?

19
Apr

2017 seems to be hurtling along at a ridiculous speed …

Well that ended up taking longer than I thought and now it’s April!  I don’t know about you but 2017 seems to be hurtling along at a ridiculous speed, it’ll be Christmas by Easter.  It has been a bonkers busy work period for us, but moving house is the main reason for my unexpected sabbatical.  Glastonbury is a wonderful place to live and we’ve enjoyed our four and half years there very much.  Not long after relocating to Somerset my weekly radio show went live and the number of annual gigs rose.  We worked out, based on 2015-2016 mileage, if we moved just over an hour northeast back to the M4 corridor we’d get 12 days back a year! That sounds like a holiday to me.

 

So January and February were spent packing and we upped sticks during a handy 10 day gig free window in March.  Muddy devised a fantastic colour coded packing plan so we could pretty much find everything we needed as soon as we landed in the new place, a couple of days into our move however I was to perform at Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday party concert at The London Palladium the brief was to wear something bright and cheerful.  I generally wear black which I have found brings out my cheerful side, but looking at the mountain of boxes the chances of finding anything remotely not black were slim to none.

 

It was an incredible gathering – hundreds of singers, musicians, dancers, comedians and actors, all there to celebrate the great lady’s centenary even HM Queen Elizabeth II was in attendance and when the mighty RAF Squadronaires started up and came over all goosebumpy and emotional.

 

Another great lady who would have celebrated her 100th birthday on the 25th April is first lady of swing Ella Fitzgerald, my absolute hero.  It was a great pleasure to present and sing at a special Friday Night is Music Night concert at The Hackney Empire last week with the BBC Concert Orchestra and The BBC Big Band alongside Mica Paris, Louis Marshall and Emma Kershaw.

 

2017 is a big year for centenary celebrations singer, actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne, jazz giants Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and rumba quinto master Mongo Santamaria to name a few.  Now there’s a brilliant excuse to indulge your ears with some of the finest music ever created.

 

04
May

Twelve O’Clock Tales Is Here!

Our new album, Twelve O’Clock Tales, accompanied by the wonderful Hallė orchestra launched at The Bridgewater Hall on Saturday 30th April.

Conducted by Stephen Bell and arranged by British composer and trumpet maestro Guy Barker and celebrated jazz pianists Grant Windsor and Jason Rebello, Twelve O’Clock Tales’ rich jazz infused repertoire, with songs from Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn and  Tim Rice, made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee, includes ‘Sans Souci’, ‘Secret Love’, ‘Feeling Good’, ‘Lush Life’, ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’, ‘Wild Is The Wind’ and ‘Paradisi Carousel

22
Mar

The Making of ‘Twelve O’Clock Tales’ – Clare’s upcoming album

To whet your appetite, here’s a little taster of what’s to come … enjoy!

Accompanied by the renowned Hallé, conducted by Stephen Bell and arranged by British composer and trumpet maestro Guy Barker and celebrated jazz pianists Grant Windsor and Jason Rebello, Twelve O’Clock Tales’ rich jazz infused repertoire includes songs from Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Van Morrison, Tim Rice, made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee, the songs include ‘Sans Souci’, ‘Secret Love’, ‘Feeling Good’, ‘Lush Life’, ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’, ‘Wild Is The Wind’, ‘Into The Mystic’ and ‘Paradisi Carousel

Twelve O’Clock Tales launches at The Bridgewater Hall concert April 30th 2016

Pre orders are available now from Bandcamp

11
Feb

PRE-ORDER CLARE’S FORTHCOMING ALBUM

TWELVE O’CLOCK TALES – CLARE TEAL WITH THE HALLÉ ORCHESTRA

The UK’s finest Jazz singer and much loved performer Clare Teal explores timeless classics penned by the legendary musical storytellers of the last 100 years, and celebrates the giants of the Great American and British Song Books through to the work of more contemporary writers crafting the standards of today plus Clare’s own original compositions.

Accompanied by the renowned Hallé, conducted by Stephen Bell and arranged by British composer and trumpet maestro Guy Barker and celebrated jazz pianists Grant Windsor and Jason Rebello, the rich jazz infused repertoire includes songs from Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Van Morrison, Tim Rice, made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee, the songs include ‘Sans Souci’, ‘Secret Love’, ‘Feeling Good’, ‘Lush Life’, ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’, ‘Wild Is The Wind’, ‘Into The Mystic’ and ‘Paradisi Carousel’.

To support the release Clare will be touring Twelve O’Clock Tales throughout 2016 with the inaugural concert at Bridgewater hall with the Halle on April 30th 2016.

The Hallé is now in its 158th season and ranks among the UK’s top symphonic ensembles with acclaimed performances worldwide

Twelve O’Clock Tales is Clare’s 15th Album and her 9th album released on MUD records.

 AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW

21
Dec

British Jazz Awards 2015

We are pleased to announce that Clare has been awarded Jazz Vocalist 2015 in the British Jazz Awards.

“Many, many thanks to everyone that voted for me in the Jazz Vocalist category. I am chuffed to bits to win. It means such a lot, especially with such strong competition. Lots of love Clare xx”

08
Dec

Clare’s Festive Fiesta Spectacular – grab your tickets now!

Clare and her fabulous Trio’s Festive Fiesta @ Komedia Bath on Monday 21st December will be all bells and baubles! Tickets are now on sale so grab them while you can – see Live Dates for ticket details.

Click here for more dates to find out when Clare is coming to a venue near you.

18
Nov

**One Off** Big Band Festive Fiesta 4th December

Clare presents a special festive show at The Stables, Wavendon, which will be recorded live for broadcast on Clare’s BBC Radio 2 show on 20 December.

Her band will be conducted by world class trumpeter, composer and arranger Guy Barker. As well as a sparkling programme of classic tunes and songs with a seasonal twist, expect a few surprises along the way along with some special guests.

Tickets going quickly!